In our interconnected world, your privacy is at risk every time you go online. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect it.
Several key features in Trend Micro Security can help you minimize the amount of personal data tracked by websites and services, and tighten the security of your accounts, making sure no data goes out without your consent.
In addition to purchasing Maximum Security, we recommend that you employ some of these tips to help you and your family avoid becoming victims of online identity theft:
Familiarize yourself with privacy settings and tools, especially on your mobile devices. Free, high-risk apps pose a number of privacy issues with the amount and type of information they collect. Always take the time to explore and adjust your privacy settings accordingly
Social networking sites have revolutionized the way people communicate, making it easier than ever to interact with friends over the Internet. However, this new open communication has also come at a cost, in many instances, to people's privacy and making their sensitive information available to hackers.
In order to use social networks as securely as possible, Trend Micro has compiled tips on how to network safely on the most popular social sites.
The latest social networking site to take off, Pinterest, acts as a virtual pin board of photos and ideas you like online. Pictures and comments are not filtered, so inappropriate material and language can be shared.
Facebook changed the social media landscape and is now more accessible than ever. However, that also makes Facebook a prime target for hackers looking to steal passwords, usernames and credit card information and pesky spammers looking to pollute your Facebook wall.
To prevent yourself from becoming a target on Facebook there are a few things you can do:
It only takes 140 characters to Tweet, but one bad shortened URL and you'll have to take your computer into the shop.
Watch out for shortened URLs – Only click shortened URLs from trusted Twitter handles. It can be tempting to click on the "Banned Lady Gage" shortened video link from user EyeMusik41, but more often than not, tweets that sound too good to be true are just that.
Shortened URLs can take you to sites that want you to input private information such as your email address which will be used for a phishing campaign or spam later or a third party who wants access to your Twitter account so they can post messages in your name.
It's important to promote yourself professionally, just be careful of over sharing. Don't post too much information – The biggest threat on LinkedIn is that hackers will search for private information, such as work history and your email address, allowing them to learn about you and making you susceptible to phishing attacks.
Google+ makes privacy customization as easy as dragging friends into different colored circles. Just make sure you're reading up on how else you can protect your private information.
Flag inappropriate content – While YouTube does monitor their content, they give you the option to flag videos that are not appropriate in nature. If you see something that shouldn't be on YouTube, flag it.
While it can be fun to check in at places while out and about, keep in mind that you are sharing your location with all of your friends and followers. Even more importantly, checking in somewhere means you are not home and you are more susceptible to a break-in.
It is much easier to limit who sees your check-ins on Foursquare as most people have less friends on FourSquare, however, the battle for the coveted title of "Mayor" can make your location and daily pattern more susceptible to danger. As people check in daily and battle for mayorship, one's daily patterns can be detected. If you want to fly under the radar, be sure to keep most of your check-ins limited to your friends and not to share check-ins on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
It's no secret that social networking sites can be used as a cyberbullying tool. Be sure to keep a close watch on your child's accounts to make sure that they are not being cyberbullied or are cyberbullying other kids.
As more kids join social networking sites, like Instagram and Pinterest, watch out for instances of cyberbullying or mean comments on items pinned or photos posted.
There are security software tools that will assist you in limiting your children’s access to the Internet and others like the robust parental controls that are offered in Trend Micro Maximum Security will help you monitor your children’s behavior.
There's one rule to live by when it comes to kids and social networks and that's to get involved. Live where your kids live; if they are on a social networking site, join, and make sure that you have full access to see what they post, who their friends are and be active in monitoring not only what's on their wall, but what they are posting.